Soweto residents take to the streets

Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

Soweto residents took to the streets against the installation of smart electricity meters into their houses. They are calling for a flat rate of R400 which they claim will be a ordable to most of the poor residents.
Eskom is introducing prepaid meters as a better solution to solve the non-payment of electricity bills in the town- ship. Eskom is owed R4-billion by Soweto residents. When the city decided to install water meters in Phiri, Soweto, in 2004, the move led to violent protests. The matter landed in the Johannesburg High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and eventually the Constittional Court.

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